The Headmistress of the Sekondi School for the Deaf, Favour Aflakpui has appealed to philanthropists, benevolent institutions and corporate bodies to come to the aid of the school.
She says the school lacks facilities that would help carry out effective teaching and learning. The Headmistress admits government alone cannot shoulder the responsibility of ensuring that students of Special Schools in the country have access to quality education.
“Please come as an individual or corporate body to help the school so that you put a smile on these children so that they can also be happy and learn.
The headmistress made the appeal at a handing over ceremony at the School.
Sports betting company Mybet.com handed over a refurbished computer laboratory, classroom block and places of convenience for the school.
The company also donated to the school 20 pieces of desk top computers, a 32 inch flat screen television set, an air conditioner and also connected the computer laboratory to the internet.
“These computers will help the children learn more and know what goes on in the world so that they’ll also not be disadvantaged so that when they complete school they can be on their own” the Headmistress observed.
She appealed to the general public not to neglect their children with disabilities and cater for them just as they would for their able-bodied children.
“We don’t want any disabled people to be on the streets, so, if you have a child with any disability, please, we’ve the school for the deaf, the school for the education of intellectual disability, and we’ve the school for the blind. If you have any child who is disabled, please, kindly send them to school. We’re ready to accept them to learn to be on their own in future” the special educationist stressed.
For his part, the General Manager of Mybet.com, Ernest Seward said the company came to the aid of the school due to the enormous challenges bedeviling it.
“Since the inception of the company in Ghana, every year we donate to less privileged schools and other institutions. Last year it was the Komfo Anokye Children’s Hospital. We decided to come to the Sekondi School for the Deaf because we realized they have numerous challenges; the place was in a very bad state. For the school lab, we’ve bought them new computers connected to the internet fully paid for, to aid teaching and learning. We’ll always pay for the internet bill”.
According to Mr. Seward, Mybet.com spent GHC25, 000 to undertake the project.
He appealed to corporate bodies and philanthropists to emulate the gesture of Mybet.com.
The District Chief Executive for Shama, Joseph Amoah who was at the function also reiterated calls on the general public to support special schools.